Britain and EU yet to reach Brexit agreement with 21 days to go

22 days before Britain is due to leave the EU, the two parties are yet to reach a mutually acceptable deal.

The European Union told Britain to re-work its Irish backstop proposal by Friday, but there are still fears that it will struggle to secure a deal that satisfies pro-Brexit lawmakers.

MPs will have a final say on Prime Minister Theresa May's 585-page Brexit deal with the EU, with voting scheduled for next week.

John Maytham spoke to UK correspondent Gavin Grey for more on the story.

As the clock ticks, no deal becomes more likely. Big votes happening on on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, with the minister staking her amended deal back in front of MPs saying you have got to vote for this, let's get it done.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent - 702/Cape Talk

She went to Grimsby in the east of England where 71% of people voted to leave the EU and in her speech to workers, she said Brexit does not belong to the people of Parliament, it belongs to the people of this country. She wants to put pressure on MPs to say look, the public still wants to go, you should be enacting what the public wants.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent - 702/Cape Talk

Grey says it is likely that very little will change in May's deal.

We are potentially leaving with no deal and it is thought that some of those who rebelled in her own party might now be feeling the pressure.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent - 702/Cape Talk

There are people who say we need more time and indeed that could well be voted on next week Wednesday, but Theresa May said today that the EU are bound to or very likely to ask for other concessions and extra money if we go for an extension.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent - 702/Cape Talk

Click on the link below to hear the full report...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
More heads expected to roll at Prasa, says Satawu

More heads expected to roll at Prasa, says Satawu

On Wednesday the passenger rail agency announced it had terminated the former company secretary's contract with immediate effect.

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

Premier Alan Winde has named his provincial team which includes old and new faces.

Is ANC Western Cape's Lionel Adendorf a victim of party's faction battles?

Is ANC Western Cape's Lionel Adendorf a victim of party's faction battles?

Suspended provincial spokesperson filed an urgent declaratory order with the high court to declare a recent meeting invalid.

Eskom unbundling could be South Africa's Brexit, argues economist

Eskom unbundling could be South Africa's Brexit, argues economist

The power utility will be broken up into three parts including generation, transmission and distribution in a bid to save costs.

Thereasa May instructed to renegotiate Brexit deal

Thereasa May instructed to renegotiate Brexit deal

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says the EU’s united over the Brexit deal.

UK-based businessman blames UK government 'for the chaos created'

UK-based businessman blames UK government 'for the chaos created'

Global businessman Richard Swart says Brexit is not good for business or the economy.

Popular articles
How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How much is enough? Is there a simple calculation? Warren Ingram, a personal financial advisor at Galileo Capital, explains.

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

You only live once — personal finance guru Warren Ingram on divvying up your income if you're not the budgeting type.

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

Lumkile Mondi (Wits), Ferial Haffajee and Busisiwe Mavuso (Business Leadership SA) on the President's upcoming "slim" Cabinet.

[Exposed] Car dealerships, banks in cahoots; you’re not always getting best deal

[Exposed] Car dealerships, banks in cahoots; you’re not always getting best deal

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler uncovered evidence of banks sending dealer principles on holidays abroad for hitting targets.

Dis-Chem drives ad expert to 'Steve Hofmeyr-like assaults' on his decoder

Dis-Chem drives ad expert to 'Steve Hofmeyr-like assaults' on his decoder

"It’s been said you can’t bore people into buying your brand. Someone should’ve pointed this out to Dis-Chem," says Andy Rice.

'It is very clear that Ramaphosa is under attack from Magashule and others'

'It is very clear that Ramaphosa is under attack from Magashule and others'

News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson says there is a definite fight back from the ANC secretary-general against the president.